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Marguerite Beatrice of Savoy (of Geneva)

French: Béatrice-Marguerite de Savoie (de Genève), Italian: Beatrice-Margherita di Savoia (di Ginevra), Spanish: Beatriz Margarita de Savoya (de Ginebra)
Also Known As: "Marguerite Beatrix de Genève"
Birthplace: Geneva, Switzerland
Death: April 08, 1257 (72-81)
Pierre Chatel, Isere, Rhone-Alpes, France
Place of Burial: Saint-Pierre-de-Curtville, Savoy, France
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Guillaume I, comte de Genève and Béatrice Marguerite de Faucigny
Wife of Thomas I, count of Savoy
Fiancée of Philip II Augustus, king of France
Mother of Amadeus IV, count of Savoy; Humbert comte de Savoie; Thomas II, count-regent of Savoy; Aymon Lord of Chablais; Wiliam of Savoy, bishop of Valence and 9 others
Sister of Aimon de Genève; Amédée de Genève, évêque de Maurienne; Guillaume II, comte de Genève and Agathe de Genève
Half sister of Humbert, comte de Genève

Occupation: countess consort of Savoy
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About Marguerite Beatrice of Savoy

She was supposed to become the third wife of Philip II of France but was abducted by Thomas I of Savoy in 1195, while on her way to Paris. Thomas then married her himself, claiming that Philip II was already married (the French King had married Ingeborg of Denmark in 1193 but had repudiated her soon thereafter)

The children of Marguerite and Thomas I of Savoy were:

  • Amadeus IV of Savoy (1197 - 1253)
  • Umberto (d.1223)
  • Thomas, Count of Flanders, count in Piedmont
  • Aimone (d.1237), Lord of Chablais
  • William of Savoy, Bishop of Valence and Dean of Vienne
  • Amadeo of Savoy, Bishop of Maurienne
  • Peter II of Savoy, Earl of Richmond and later disputed count of Savoy
  • Philip I of Savoy, archbishop of Lyon, later Count Palatine of Burgundy by marriage and disputed count of Savoy in 1268
  • Boniface of Savoy, Archbishop of Canterbury
  • Beatrice of Savoy (1205- 4 January 1267), wife of Ramon Berenguer IV, Count of Provence. She was married in 1219 and was mother to four queens consort
  • Alasia of Savoy (d.1250), abbess of St Pierre, Lyon
  • Agatha of Savoy (d.1245), abbess of St Pierre, Lyon
  • Margherita of Savoy (d.1273), wife of Hartmann I of Kyburg
  • Avita of Savoy (1215-92), wife of Baldwin de Redvers, 7th Earl of Devon and later of Robert Aguillon (d.1286)

She was the direct matrilineal ancestor of Mary, Queen of Scots.

Margherita, secondo lo storico inglese Charles Previté-Orton, era figlia del Conte di Ginevra, Guglielmo I (en:Charles Previté-Orton)[1];
anche lo storico francese, Victor Flour de Saint-Genis, sostiene che era figlia del Conte di Ginevra, Guglielmo I e della signora di Faucigny, Beatrice, e che veniva chiamata anche Beatrice[2];
Charles Previté-Orton sostiene che oltre che Beatrice, Margherita veniva chiamata anche Nicola[1];
anche la Chronica Albrici Monachi Trium Fontium cita i genitori di Margherita, confermando che la madre era discendente dei signori di Faucigny[3].

From Medlands:

3. MARGUERITE [Beatrix] (-8 Apr 1257, bur Abbaye de Hautecombe). The Chronicle of Alberic de Trois-Fontaines names "Margareta filia domni de Fusceneis de matre Guilelmi, filii Humberti comitis Gebenensis" as wife of "comitis Thome de Sabaudia"[103]. As noted below, Marguerite is also called Beatrix in later sources. No explanation has been found for these dual names. The fact that "Beatrix" appears in a seal shows that it was not a transcription error. "Thomæ comitis et marchionis…et…Nichola [presumably a transcription error] filia comitis Gebennarum" granted privileges to the citizen of Susa by charter dated 25 Feb 1198[104]. The Complete Peerage[105] refers to unspecified "later writers" who evolved an incorrect theory that Thomas I Comte de Maurienne was married firstly to Béatrix and, after her death without issue, secondly to Marguerite, daughter of Guillaume de Faucigny, who was the mother of his children. The same source confirms that the two names in fact refer to the same person. A charter dated 1224 records an agreement between "Thomæ com. Sabaud" and the bishop of Sion, witnessed by "ipse Thomas comes, Amedeus primogenitus illius, Comitissa uxor Thomæ, eorum quatuor filii clerici…Willelmus, Thomas, Petrus et Bonifacius"[106]. "M. comitissa Maurian. uxor Thomæ comitis Maurianensis et marchionis Italiæ" donated property, with the consent of "Thomas com. Maurianæ et filii mei Amedeus et Aymo", by charter dated Dec 1227[107]. "Beatrix uxor comitis Thomæ, Amadeus primogenitus et Aymo filii eius" confirmed the purchase of Chambéry by "Thoma comite" by charter dated 1232, with the seal of "Beatricis comitisse Sabaudie"[108]. "Contessa Margarita di Savoia Marchesa in Italia" donated property to "Tomaso suo figlio Conte di Fiandra e d'Hainaut" with the consent of "Conte Amedeo di Savoia suo figlio Primogenito", by charter dated 4 Jan 1244[109]. The Pingonio Chronicon records the death "VI Id Apr" in 1257 of "Domina Beatrix de Gebennis comitissa Sabaudie et domina de Narembors, parens comitum Sabaudie"[110].

m ( [1196] ) THOMAS I Comte de Savoie, son of HUMBERT III Comte de Maurienne et de Savoie & his fourth wife Béatrix de Vienne [Bourgogne-Comt%C3%A9] (Château de Carbonara 1178 after 26 Jun-Moncalieri 1 Mar 1233, bur Saint-Michel de la Cluse).

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Marguerite Beatrice of Savoy's Timeline

Geneva, Switzerland
Montmélian, Savoie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France
Savoy, France
Montmélian, Savoie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France
Savoy, France
Savoy, France